Subtracting Tenths

Subtracting tenths is very similar to subtracting whole numbers. It is important to line up the numbers by the correct place value.

5 tenths animation

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Five tenths -

3 tenths animation

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Three tenths

2 tenths animation

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Two tenths

 

 

1.0

One whole (which equals ten tenths) minus

10
10

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Three tenths

3
10

.7

 

7
10

Notice that the whole number one is written as 1.0 so that the numbers can be lined up to be subtracted more easily.

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